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Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher


Sat, 25.08. | 11.00 | No. 18365

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Modern 2

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher

    “Genesis”: Seven Settings Based on the Book of Genesis
    Swiss premiere

    Chaya Czernowin (*1957)
    On the Face of the Deep
    Marko Nikodijevic (*1980)
    dies secundus
    Franck Bedrossian (*1971)
    Vayehi erev vayehi boker
    Anna Thorwaldsdottir (*1977)
    Joan Magrané Figuera (*1988)
    Marines i boscatges
    Stefano Gervasoni (*1962)
    Mark Andre (*1964)
    riss 1

    Let there be light! The biblical story of Creation, which describes the birth and childhood of our planet, has always inspired composers. Just think of Haydn’s oratorio The Creation. Matthias Pintscher and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will present a contemporary setting of the Book of Genesis that was written for the 2016-17 season to mark the 40th birthday of the Paris-based Ensemble intercontemporain. Seven composers from the same number of countries each wrote a new, approximately ten-minute work corresponding to one of the seven days of Creation – from primeval Chaos to God’s final day of rest. But they reflect not only the Old Testament’s report of how the universe came to be but also their own creative activity: the process of musical imagination. An unusual joint project and at the same time a dazzling panorama of composition in the present day.

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.


    It was in the summer of 2004, that Pierre Boulez and Michael Haefliger founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY – thus establishing an educational campus devoted exclusively to new music. Every summer since then, some 130 young, highly gifted musicians from all around the world are given the opportunity to study contemporary scores and modernist classics in detail through daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons and then to present their insights in performance. Serving as instructors are members of the Ensemble intercontemporain from Paris, one of the most renowned ensembles in the field of contemporary music. Besides the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra, in which all of the students are consolidated, various additional ensembles join together to present their own concert programs. Individual artistic initiative is also encouraged, such as in the series titled LUCERNE FESTIVAL 40min, LUCERNE FESTIVAL Lounge, and at the Buvette, in which Academy participants present projects they have developed on their own. It’s not only instrumentalists who benefit from the Academy’s praxis-oriented training – the institution is also a prime choice for conductors and composers. Each year offers a master class in conducting; in 2014 it will be led by Heinz Holliger, who will initiate participants into the secrets of the métier with works of Claude Debussy and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. In addition to that commissions are given to young composers. In the summer of 2014, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY presents a focus on vocal symphonic music with its performance of Luciano Berio’s Coro and is therefore expanding its training mandate to 40 highly talented young singers. Selected members of the newly formed LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Chorus will also have an opportunity to take a master class in voice with “artiste étoile” Barbara Hannigan.

    February 2014

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    Matthias Pintscher

    Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, Matthias Pintscher regards composing and conducting as complementary spheres of his artistic work. He studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn; Hans Werner Henze was also among his mentors, as was Peter Eötvös, who additionally taught him conducting. Pintscher quickly advanced to become one of the most successful composers of his generation: his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier received their premieres at the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra national de Paris, respectively, and his orchestral works have been premiered by the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher has led such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in February 2018 and with the London Symphony in June. He has been affiliated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as artist-in-association since 2010, began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris in 2013, and in 2020 will serve as director of the Ojai Music Festival in California. The Hamburg Elbphilharmonie presented him as composer-in-residence and artist in focus during the inaugural 2016-17 season. From 2016 to 2018 he was regularly associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY as its Principal Conductor. Matthias Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel

    July 2018

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